After an Eagles’ win over the Lions on the road, Vick posted 284 passing yards, three touchdowns and 37 rushing yards. That further backed my opinion made after that game on Sunday, that Reid was too premature in his declaration to reporters, pre and post game, that Kevin Kolb would be the starter when he returned to action next week, when the Eagles visit the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Vick, like all of us who watch and/or cover football, understand Kolb is the future quarterback of the franchise since he was a first round pick when Donovan McNabb was still the starter for the Eagles (he is talented enough to be). And after Vick’s self-imposed trials surely he should go with the flow of whatever decision the Eagles make, since they’re the only team who gave him a second chance to play in the NFL again anyway.
So the only thing to do was let it play out. Literally. Vick adhered to Reid’s affirmation since the Eagles stuck their necks out to give him a job, and reportedly fine being a backup to Kolb.
But unless Reid’s senility is a concern-and I don’t believe it is– he’d go with Vick until the man’s wheels (legs) won’t allow, if he is what’s working and gives the Eagles a better chance to win now. Right? If you said wrong, well your issues with Vick have absolutely nothing to do with what I’m talking about- his job on the football field.
The bottom line for NFL teams is WIN. And for the sake of it other coaches flip-flop with their starting quarterbacks, too ( Vince Young was benched again after three quarters last Sunday by Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, though he’ll return as starter). But fans and even many media members are tweeting, blogging and writing about Reid’s call to put Vick in the ‘lead’ role like it’s an abomination.
Two years after shaking off remnants of jail time, rust and unadulterated hate tossed at his feet, Vick started his first game since 2006 due to a concussion suffered by Kolb in week one; don’t hate that fact he ‘wowed’ Coach Reid in the process.
“Michael Vick is playing out of his mind right now and that’s a beautiful thing,” Reid said.
Some bet Reid is just overly enamored by Vick as fans are with players they covet. But why not grasp that sentiments were probably echoed among other players and management? They do have a say in team matters, too, you know.
And even if you argue it was at the expense of the starter’s injury, Reid made it clear Kolb’s health was a non-factor (he is cleared to play this Sunday, though) in his decision to change into Vick’s lane during a press conference televised on ESPN Tuesday evening. In all fairness Vick was rewarded because he made the most of an opportunity, at the right time, to show he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
There is no doubt it will all eventually be handed back to Kolb. Rightly so. But for now, did you see the Eagles’ offensive line? They looked a mess. Vick was scrambling and even sacked a few times. Difference between him and Kolb right now is Vick has the elusive speed to escape much of the defensive pressure that awaits.
So really, what else could Reid say after breaking down film, realizing Vick still managed 459 yards, 3 touchdowns and 140 rushing yards in the first two games of the season?
“Future of Kevin Kolb is not slighted one bit; he’s just in a situation where he’s got an ex-superstar that now has regained his abilities.”
On his road to redemption Vick is trying to prove that he never lost them.